There’s an unusual solace in relatable stories, and this tv series is a perfect example of just that. Adapted from Emily St. John Mandela’s farsighted best-selling novel of the same name, Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic series that has recently been announced. However, unlike most tales that point towards the tragic trials and tribulations of life during a pandemic, Station Eleven focuses on the outcome decades in the future.
The limited HBO Max miniseries will revolve around the original story penned many years before our current pandemic. The complex and hopefully well-layered series will tell the story of the harmful effects of the Georgia Flu that killed most of the human population. To refurbish their broken world, a group of charismatic and talented actors called the Travelling Symphony returned to their small hometown to find their old friends.
When they return, they find out that the people they came to look for are missing, and a cultish uprising led by a “prophet” ensues. Mercifully, this fictional story professes intrigue and fascination rather than disturbing distress.
Expected Release Date
Unfortunately, an official release date for the miniseries hasn’t been announced to the public yet. The 10 part series was supposed to air in 2020, but the pandemic has halted its original plan, ironic isn’t it? Reports have claimed that it will most likely land on our screens before the end of 2021, but concrete confirmation is still unavailable. Until then, the 2014 novel it was adapted from can be enjoyed.
Expected Cast and Characters
Vancouver-born actress Mackenzie Davis will lead the cast as primary protagonist Kirsten Raymonde, a former child actor and current member of the Travelling Symphony. Himesh Patel will play Javeen Chaudhary, a former celebrity photographer who pursued a career as an entertainment journalist before finally becoming an EMT.
We will behold Gael García Bernal as famous actor Arthur Leander who dies by heart attack on stage while performing Shakespeare’s King Lear. Next, David Wilmot will step into the role of Clark Thompson, Arthur’s best friend, who later constructs a museum in a deserted airport after the demolition caused by the Georgia Flu. Finally, Nabhaan Rizwan as Frank Chaudhary will play the role of a war correspondent before the pandemic begins.
Philippine Velge as Alexandra, a young member of the Traveling Symphony, and Lori Petty as the group’s conductor, will also portray their undeniable talent. Finally, Daniel Zovatto will take up the position of the bizarre Prophet.
Script by Patrick Somerville and directed by Hiro Murai, Station Eleven explores a new landscape in the world of pandemic movies and tv shows. Set 20 years after the Georgia Flu destroyed everything in its wake (which includes nearly the entire world), things have changed drastically. Although a trailer that reveals some aspects of the adapted story hasn’t been released, it can be assumed that the series’s premise is similar to that of the novel.
The novel begins with the death of a renowned and beloved Hollywood thespian Arthur Leander while enacting a Shakespearean play. The life of the protagonist Kirsten ties in with the death because she was performing as a child on the same day. The attention quickly shifts from Arthur’s death to a fatal pandemic.
Now 20 years later, Kirsten is still performing and hasn’t forgotten the events of that fateful night. She is currently a member of a group of entertainers that are a ray of hope as they travel across the world to find purpose in worldwide devastation.